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Omega Speedmaster Reduced Moonphase Ref. 175.034

When you envision a sports watch that is on the classical and formal side, the Omega Speedmaster surely does not come to mind. Well…think again.

A touch of 18k yellow gold, a moon phase complication, and a bunch of applied Roman numerals actually turn out to go a long way. The classical shape of a red-tipped pointer date only adds to the theme.

The resulting watch has, therefore, a bit of an identity crisis. But that is precisely the point. If it is to your taste, it can be all watches under all circumstances.  A perfect do-it-all watch. This meeting point of styles comes with 2022 service papers.

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Details
Brand Omega, Omega Speedmaster
Diameter 39 mm
Model Speedmaster Reduced
Bracelet/strap: Steel/gold
Reference 175.034
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1993
Lug Width 18 mm
Material Gold / steel
Set Content Service papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color White
Movement Automatic
Backstory

The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957, as a racing chronograph. Little did Omega know that a different fate altogether awaited their creation.

When John F. Kennedy announced that the USA would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s, NASA went into overdrive. The Gemini and Apollo missions would all culminate in “One small step for man…” in 1969.

One detail within that endeavor, is the selection of a proper watch for the space missions. NASA started putting a number of chronographs from different brands under extreme stress. Shock, temperature change, vibration, humidity, the watches were spared no horror. The Speedmaster came out on top in 1965 and was selected as the watch of choice. No slick marketing deals here. Chosen on merit alone.

Coincidentally, astronaut Wally Schirra already wore his personal Ref. CK2998 Speedmaster on a Mercury mission in 1962. In 1965, Ed White would go on the first ever spacewalk wearing a NASA-issued Ref. 105.003-65.

From 1965 onwards, all Apollo astronauts wore Speedmasters. Including Buzz Aldrin when he set foot on the moon, wearing his Ref. 105.012. Neil Armstrong had left his Speedy in the lunar module when setting those legendary first steps.

In 1970, Apollo 13 got into serious trouble after a service-module oxygen tank ruptured. With most systems down, the astronauts had to manually time 14-second rocket bursts in order to get back to earth. They used Jack Swigert’s Speedmaster for the job. Omega was awarded the Snoopy award in recognition of the crucial role of the watch in a safe return. A comic character featured on many special editions since.

Aesthetically, the Speedmaster Professional has not changed much since those days. A rough division can be made between pre-moon and post-moon Speedies. The transition point is the inclusion of the “Flight qualified by NASA” inscriptions on the case back, although some people erroneously mark 321 caliber Speedies as pre-moon and 861 caliber variants as post-moon.

For the keen-eyed, there are tons of subtle variations within the Speedmaster line. And that is before we look at the broader Speedy-scope, with all its special editions and interestingly-shaped Mark  models. You can really go deep on Speedy-specifics. Regardless of which precise variant you settle on, you will have an iconic watch with the single best backstory ever.

Shipping
Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
We do our best to handle packages as soon as possible. This could take a max. of 3 working days. Note that the delivery times commence the day of dispatch.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes, local duties and taxes, and items that are lost in transit. 
Please email us for more information at info@awco.nl.
Brand

Omega Speedmaster, Omega

Model

Reference

175.034

Year of production (circa)

1993

Material

Gold / steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

White

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

39 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel/gold

Buckle/clasp

Original steel folding clasp

Lug Width

18 mm

Set Content

Service papers